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Active Administrator 8.4 - User Guide

Active Administrator Overview Certificates Security & Delegation Azure Active Directory  Active Directory Health
Switching to Active Directory Health Using the Active Directory Health landing page Installing Active Directory Health Analyzer agents Using the Active Directory Health Analyzer agent configuration utility Excluding domain controllers Managing the Remediation Library Analyzing Active Directory health Analyzing Azure Active Directory Managing Active Directory Health Analyzer alerts Managing alert notifications Pushing alerts to System Center Operations Manager and SNMP managers Managing monitored domain controllers Managing data collectors Active Directory Health Templates Managing Active Directory Health Analyzer agents Using the Troubleshooter Recovering Active Directory Health data
Auditing & Alerting Group Policy Active Directory Recovery Active Directory Infrastructure DC Management DNS Management Configuration
Using the Configuration landing page Managing tasks Defining role-based access Setting email server options Configuring SCOM and SNMP Settings Configuring Azure Active Directory Setting notification options Setting Active Template options Setting agent installation options Setting recovery options Setting GPO history options Setting certificate configuration Setting service monitoring policy Managing archive databases Migrating data to another database Setting a preferred domain controller Setting up workstation logon auditing Managing configuration settings Setting user options Managing the Active Directory server
Diagnostic Console Alerts Appendix
Domain controller alerts
Active Directory Certificate Services service is not running Active Directory Domain Services is not running Active Directory Web Services service is not running Consecutive replication failures DC cache hits DC DIT disk space DC DIT log file disk space DC LDAP load DC LDAP response too slow DC Memory Usage DC properties dropped DC RID pool low DC SMB connections DC SYSVOL disk space DC time sync lost Detected NO_CLIENT_SITE record DFS Replication service not running DFS service is not running DFSR conflict area disk space DFSR conflict files generated DFSRS CPU load DFSR RDC not enabled DFSR sharing violation DFSR staged file age DFSR staging area disk space DFSR USN records accepted DFSRS unresponsive DFSRS virtual memory DFSRS working set DNS Client Service is not running Domain controller CPU load Domain controller page faults Domain controller unresponsive File Replication Service is not running File replication (NTFRS) staging space free in kilobytes GC response too slow Group policy object inconsistent Hard disk drive Intersite Messaging Service is not running Invalid primary DNS domain controller address Invalid secondary DNS domain controller address KDC service is not running LSASS CPU load LSASS virtual memory LSASS working set Missing SRV DNS record for either the primary or secondary DNS server NETLOGON not shared NetLogon service is not running Orphaned group policy objects exist Review the reported orphaned GPO folders in the local SYSVOL and remove any that are obsolete. Physical memory Power supply Primary DNS resolver is not responding Secondary DNS resolver is not responding Security Accounts Manager Service is not running SRV record is not registered in DNS SYSVOL not shared W32Time service is not running Workstation Service is not running
Domain alerts Site alerts Forest alerts Azure Active Directory Connect alerts
Event Definitions PowerShell cmdlets

Configuring certificate protection

Certificate protection validates that the certificate details stored by Active Administrator match the certificate details installed on the computer. When this feature is enabled, any differences found are reported as broken certificates and email notifications are sent to the recipients on the certificate email list. See Setting up certificate email notifications. Email notifications are also sent when broken certificates are repaired, fail repair, or are overriden. See Managing broken certificates.

Select Configuration | Certificate Configuration.
Click Certificate Protection.
NOTE: You also can manually check for broken certificates by clicking Sync when viewing certificates. See Viewing certificates. Certificate Protection must be enabled.
Click Save.

Setting security on the repository

To make changes to certificates in the repository, users and groups must be granted the modify permission on the Certificate Repository folder. Active Administrator provides the tool to help you manage who has the modify permission to the certificate repository.

Select Configuration | Certificate Configuration.
Click Edit permissions.
Click Update.
Click Save.
Click Yes to acknowledge that permissions on the Certificate Repository folder will be updated.

Setting service monitoring policy

The Service Monitoring feature monitors and reports on all core Active Administrator® services, and if a service stops, there is an attempt to restart it.

Select Configuration | Service Monitoring Policy.
By default, the maintenance service monitors the selected services, and restarts the service if it stops. There is a check box for each service: Notification, Data Services, Audit Agent, and Advanced Agent. By default, all check boxes are checked. To stop monitoring of a service, clear the check box.
Click Notification.
Click Delivery Options.


Inserts the name of the server on which the service is running.


Inserts the name of the service that is either stopped or started.


Inserts the status of the service that is either stopped or started.

Click Save.

Managing archive databases

You can add or remove archive databases.

Select Configuration | Archive Databases.


Refresh the selected archive databases.


Create a new archive database. See Creating an archive database.


Modify the selected archive database. See Modifying archive database settings.

Make Active

Set the selected database to Active status.


Remove the selected databases.

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